Mother’s Day takes place this year on 14 May 2023. With this celebratory occasion round the corner, here are some gifts you can consider making for the one that matters most. While flowers and cards are wholesome gifts, nothing is more meaningful than handmade Mother’s Day Crafts to showcase your love and appreciation. This article dives into some Mother’s Day Crafts for kids to commemorate this special occasion.
Table of Contents:
- Materials Needed for Surprise Tiered Pop Up Card
- Steps for Surprise Tiered Pop Up Card
- Materials Needed for Paper Cake Craft
- Steps for Paper Cake Craft
- Final Words
Mother’s Day Crafts – Surprise Tiered Pop Up Card
Materials Needed for Surprise Tiered Pop Up Card:
- 160 gsm construction paper (or shiny paper)
- Extra coloured construction papers
- Decorative stickers (e.g. heart-shaped stickers)
- Shiny pen/markers
- Colour pencils (Optional)
Steps To Create Surprise Tiered Pop-Up Card:
Firstly we start by cutting out a 21cm by 24 cm card base.
Next, follow up with cutting out a 5cm by 5cm square template
Place the template at the top left-hand corner and trace out the square. Take note not to apply too much pressure as we will erase the marking later.
Place the template to the right of the previous marking and trace out the square again (You may refer to the image below for further clarification)
Continue to mark out another three squares with the appropriate dimensions, as shown in the image above. (2cm apart from one another)
After marking out all the squares, we cut out the three lines demarcated in red.
After cutting out the lines, fold the card along the vertical edges of the square markings. Upon folding, you should get a tiered pop-up card.
Last but not least, erase the pencil markings and proceed with decorating the card.
Let your creativity flow and your imagination run wild. Draw, outline or decorate the card with stickers!
Here’s a quick time-lapse of the craft by artist Celine Chia:
The following are some samples by her students:
Mother’s Day Crafts – Paper Cake Craft
Materials needed for Paper Cake Craft:
- Super Glue
- Compact Disc (CD)
- Permanent Marker
The following image is the layout of the dimensions and instructions for the Paper Cake Craft:
*Note that the height of the top half is 10cm, and the bottom half is 9cm*
Here are the steps to create your own Paper Cake Craft:
Firstly, we start by placing the CD on a cardboard piece and using the pencil to trace out the circular outline (diameter).
Next, card out the disc-sized cardboard; this represents the base of the cake.
Using the base as a reference, we trace out another circle slightly larger than the disc-shaped base on construction paper. In this case, the dimensions need not be too exact as we will be folding in the excess portions.
With reference to the image above, use a pencil to draft out the lines from the diameter of the base to the end of the circle. You may refer to the image below for a more precise depiction.
After drafting out the lines, we proceed with cutting along the lines. You should derive something similar to the image below.
The next step involves folding the excess flaps and sticking the flaps around the disc-shaped base using super glue. It should look similar to the following image.
You may choose to cover the white area of the base by cutting out a smaller circle using the same construction paper and sticking it to the base. There we have it, done with the base of the cake!
Let’s move on to the ‘body’ of the cake next. Plot out the dimensions of the ‘body’ according to the image above on a piece of A4 Construction paper.
If everything is accurate, you ought to achieve something similar to the image above. Remember to take the 2cm allowance from the bottom and the left side of the paper.
The next few steps can be seen from the time-lapse below. The time-lapse begins after Artist Celine Chia has cut the paper into two halves. (from the image above)
The top half of the paper will be used to wrap around the ‘body’ while the bottom half will be used for the ‘body’.
Fold the bottom flaps slightly (for them to be laid flat on the base of the cake) and make sure that the flaps are facing inwards when the strip is being rolled to form the bottom half of the cake.
Next, apply super glue to the 2cm allowance and seal the ends of the strip to form the cylindrical shape of the bottom half of the cake. Apply super glue again to the flaps facing the circular cardboard base. Attach the bottom half of the cake to the base.
Let your creativity flow, and you can decorate and tailor it to your preferences. In this case, Artist Celine Chia uses decorative paper to add her unique flair to it.
Next, she writes the phrase ‘Happy Birthday’ in pencil before outlining her beautiful penmanship with permanent markers. If you’re gifting it for other occasions like Mother’s Day, please feel free to make the amendments accordingly.
Note that the diameter of the top half of the cake should be larger than the bottom half so that we can open the DIY cake easily.
Wrap the top half of the cake around the bottom half before applying the super glue to the edges.
This is to gauge the final result (how your cake would turn out) before making any irreversible changes.
Crepe Paper usually comes in one roll. Cut along the roll without unrolling the crepe paper (about the halfway mark).
This achieves the ‘confetti’ effect when you unroll the crepe paper.
Using superglue, stick the ‘confetti’ around the circle’s diameter in the previous step. Continue to loop the crepe paper around the diameter for about 3-4 more rounds to increase the thickness (layers) of the ‘confetti’.
We can either place the excess crepe paper inside the cake for aesthetic purposes or use it to cover the flaps that we’ve previously glued to the base.
Last but not least, add in your well wishes or messages or even gift items into the middle of the cake.
Some gift ideas can be sweets, chocolates or even hand-written personalised messages.
Cut out about 4cm of the straw and tear out a small portion of the orange crepe paper.
Roll one end of the orange crepe paper and let the other end fray (it will act as the “flames” of the candle).
Apply super glue to the rolled end and attach it to one end of the straw. Next, we apply super glue to the other end and end off by attaching a straw (candle) to the top of the cake.
We crafted this article to share our thoughts and share our appreciation and joy in commemorating this special day. We hope that the Mother’s Day Crafts for kids help create your personalised crafts for that special someone in your life. To all mothers out there, Happy Mother’s Day to you!
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